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Duke Travels to Clemson for ACC Championships
Friday 02/25/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to compete in the ACC Indoor Championships beginning Thursday, Feb. 27, and running through Saturday, March 1. The three-day event takes place at Clemson University’s Indoor Track and Field Complex.

Combined, the men’s and women’s teams send 47 competitors to the conference championship this weekend. The 24th-ranked Duke women’s track and field team enters the meet as the second-highest nationally ranked ACC team, behind only North Carolina.

A number of Duke competitors rank among the conference’s top-10 performers this season, with 10 entered in their respective events for the men and 11 for the women.

The conference championship commences Thursday at 12 p.m. with the pentathlon. The foursome of redshirt sophomores Karli Johonnot and Teddi Maslowski, junior Baily Murphy and senior Miray Seward are scheduled to participate in the multi-event competition. Johonnot enters Thursday boasting the highest point total in the conference after amassing 4,038 points at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge. Maslowski currently owns the third highest point total in the conference with 3,776, earned at the same competition. The duo contributed in earning the Tobacco Road Cup in Chapel Hill, N.C., the inaugural event held at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge. Seward (3,493), ranked 10th in the conference, and Murphy (3,373) are also slated to compete in the event. Johonnot also enters competition this weekend as one of the premier high jumpers in the conference after clearing a school-record height of 5-11.50 (1.82).

On the men’s side, redshirt senior Curtis Beach, junior Ian Rock and sophomore Robert Rohner are slated to compete in the heptathlon. Beach, Rock and Rohner own the second, third and fourth highest point total in the conference this season after collecting 5,427, 5,153 and 5,067 points, respectively, at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge earlier in the season.

In addition to the heptathlon, Beach is also scheduled to participate in the long jump, ranking fourth in the conference with a mark of 24-2.25 (7.37), recorded at the Virginia Tech Challenge. Rock, who appears in the top 10 for the pole vault, after posting a clearance of 16-2.75 (4.95) twice, will compete in the open pole vault Saturday morning.

Rock joins senior Justin Amezquita in the pole vault, slated for 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Amezquita posted a school-record clearance of 17-5.75 (5.33) in the first meet of the season, with the mark ranking the Mountainside, N.J., native second in the conference.

In the women’s pole vault, sophomore Megan Clark looks to continue what has already been a spectacular 2014 pole-vaulting season. Clark’s clearance of 14-3.50 (4.36) at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet ranks first in the conference meet entering Saturday morning.

Duke leads the ACC with three top-10 high jumpers in the conference. Led by senior Tanner Anderson, the Blue Devils’ high jump contingent includes redshirt junior Michael Krone and sophomore Carl Heinz. Anderson posted a season-best clearance of 6-11.75 (2.13) at the Virginia Tech Challenge, while Krone saw his season-best mark of 6-10.75 (2.10) come at the Armory Collegiate Invitational. Heinz rounded out the high jumping performances with a height of 6-9.00 (2.06) , also at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

Redshirt senior Michelle Anumba enters Saturday’s shot put competition following a season-best mark of 52-8.00 (16.05) at the Virginia Tech Challenge. The distance ranks fourth in the conference. Senior Erica Brand also appears among the top 10 in the conference, posting a mark of 49-7.75 (15.13), which ranks her ninth. In the men’s shot put, redshirt sophomore Stephen Boals enters Saturday’s competition with the second farthest effort in the conference this season, posting a distance of 58-1.25 (17.71) at the Dick Taylor Challenge.

Duke boasts a number of ranked competitors on the track, including the trio of junior Shaun Thompson, graduate student Mike Moverman and senior Brian Atkinson. Thompson (14:03.15), Moverman (14:07.38) and Atkinson (14:11.27) enter Friday evening’s 5,000 with the second, third and fifth fastest times for the distance in the conference this season. Each ran their season-best times at the Armory Collegiate Invitational earlier in the season.

The Duke women also showcase depth at the distance events for the 2014 conference championships, highlighted by graduate student Juliet Bottorff, who enters Friday’s 5,000 with a conference-leading time of 15:49.80, run at the Iowa State Classic. The Newark, Del., native looks to defend her conference championship title after winning the 5,000 at the 2013 ACC Indoor Championships in a time of 15:49.50. Bottorff looks to double in the distance events, joining fellow graduate student Audrey Huth in the 3,000. Bottorff (9:14.13) and Huth (9:20.80) recorded the second and eighth fastest times in the conference at the 3,000m distance this season.

Huth opens conference championship competition Thursday evening, joining with sophomore Anima Banks and juniors Lauren Hansson and Abby Farley for the distance medley relay. Duke’s DMR posted the third-fastest time in the conference this season after clocking a 11:06.9 at the Iowa State Classic. Farley and Banks return to the track Friday evening, competing in the 800. Banks and Farley own the eighth and 10th fastest times in the conference at the distance. Following the DMR, Hansson is set to compete in the 200, running a season-best time of 24.41 at the Virginia Tech Challenge.

At the shorter distances on the track, Duke’s school-record holder in the 400, freshman Madeline Kopp, enters the prelims of the 400m dash after running a personal-best time of 54.07 at the Virginia Tech Challenge. Duke’s former record holder, junior Elizabeth Kerpon, is also slated to compete Friday afternoon. Kerpon ran a season-best time of 54.66 at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge.

The ACC Indoor Championships will stream live through ESPN3, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday and continuing on Saturday at 12 p.m. Live results of the competition are available at the link above. For a full schedule of the events, please see the designated link above. A full list of Duke competitors is available below. Follow along on twitter @Duke_TF_XC and @ACCTrackField for updates throughout the competition.

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Day Time Event Name

Thursday

12:00 p.m. (W) Pentathlon Karli Johonnot
Teddi Maslowski
Baily Murphy
Miray Seward

Thursday

12:20 p.m. (M) Heptathlon Curtis Beach
Ian Rock
Robert Rohner

Thursday

6:00 p.m. (W) Distance Medley Relay Anima Banks
Lauren Hansson
Abby Farley
Audrey Huth

Thursday

6:30 p.m. (M) Distance Medley Relay Henry Farley
Marcus Wright
Alec Kunzweiler
Nate McClafferty

Friday


11:00 a.m.
 
(M) Heptathlon (60m hurdle) Curtis Beach
Ian Rock
Robert Rohner
 
Friday

12:15 p.m.  (M) Heptathlon (Pole Vault)  Curtis Beach
Ian Rock
Robert Rohner 
 
Friday

12:30 p.m.  (M) High Jump  Tanner Anderson
Carl Heinz
Michael Krone 

Friday
 
12:30 p.m.  (W) High Jump  Karli Johonnot
Maddie Morrow 

Friday
 
1:00 p.m.  (W) Weight Throw  Michelle Anumba 

Friday
 
1:00 p.m.  (W) Mile Run  Madison Granger
Haley Meier
Hannah Meier 
Friday 1:20 p.m. (M) Mile Run Henry Farley
Nate McClafferty
Brian Schoepfer

Friday

1:50 p.m. (W) 60-meter hurdles Hannah Goranson

Friday

2:50 p.m. (M) Heptathlon-1,000-meter run Curtis Beach
Ian Rock
Robert Rohner

Friday

3:00 p.m. (W) 400-meter dash Elizabeth Kerpon
Madeline Kopp

Friday

5:00 p.m. (M) Weight Throw Michael Foley

Friday

5:30 p.m. (W) Long Jump Karly Gregory
Karli Johonnot

Friday

5:30 p.m. (M) Long Jump Curtis Beach

Friday

5:05 p.m. (W) 800-meter run Olivia Anderson
Anima Banks
Abby Farley

Friday

5:35 p.m. (M) 800-meter run Alec Kunzweiler
Kyle Moran
Dylan Murphy
Dylan Newman

Friday

6:05 p.m. (W) 200-meter dash Lauren Hansson

Friday

7:30 p.m. (W) 5,000-meter run (seeded) Juliet Bottorff
Ashley Berry

Friday

7:55 p.m. (M) 5,000-meter run (unseeded) Christian Britto
Spencer Pecha

Friday

8:20 p.m. (M) 5,000-meter run (seeded) Brian Atkinson
Mike Moverman
Shaun Thompson

Saturday

11:00 a.m. (W) Shot Put Michelle Anumba
Erica Brand
Urina Harrell

Saturday

11:00 a.m. (W) Pole Vault Megan Clark

Saturday

11:00 a.m. (M) Pole Vault Justin Amezquita

Saturday

2:00 p.m. (M) Shot Put Stephen Boals

Saturday

2:20 p.m. (W) 3,000-meter run (seeded) Ashley Berry
Juliet Bottorff
Audrey Huth

Saturday

2:55 p.m. (M) 3,000-meter run (seeded) Mike Moverman
Shaun Thompson

Saturday

3:15 p.m. (W) 4x400-meter relay Lauren Hansson
Madeline Kopp
Callie Francis
Elizabeth Kerpon

Saturday

3:45 p.m. (M) 4x400-meter relay Marcus Wright
Robert Rohner
Michael Wilson
Baily Murphy

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